Soundscape is a weekly two-hour program featuring the best in ambient, chill, and new age music. Tune in, take a deep breath and relax.
Soundscape is a weekly two-hour program featuring the best in ambient, chill, and new age music. Tune in, take a deep breath and relax.
A winter storm is moving across the region today and tomorrow, with freezing rain, sleet and heavy snow predicted for much of central New York and Northeastern Pennsylvania.
Free-Range Folk is a weekly two-hour program featuring the best in new and traditional folk, americana, indie and bluegrass. You’ll hear everything from Mumford and Sons to Dolly Parton, and hear regional favorites like Joe Crookston, Driftwood, The Slambovian Circus of Dreams, Milkweed and more. Free-Range Folk, Saturday nights at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. on WSKG Public Radio, streaming online at WSKG.ORG and available for on-demand listening online after the program!
From the archives: listen as WWII vet Phil Russell recounts his D-Day experience.
Looking for something to do this weekend? We’ve got some ideas!
Looking for something to do this weekend! We’ve got you covered!
Looking for something to do this weekend? We’ve got you covered!
Red Cross has shut down shelters in Harpursville, Ovid, Vestal and Watkins Glen. They are still operating them in Conklin. The Salvation Army has deployed a feeding truck to Ovid and Lodi, where 50 people were trapped in their homes Tuesday.
New York is now home to the nation’s first strategy to eliminate hepatitis C, according to Governor Andrew Cuomo. The governor unveiled a $5-million program Friday that he said will expand access to clean syringes, increase funding for hepatitis C treatment, and remove barriers to insurance coverage for people getting that treatment.
Many of us know and love traditional spirituals like Swing Low, Sweet Chariot or Wade in the Water. But a lesser known aspect is that many of these songs served as coded messages for the Underground Railroad. We’ll explore the connection between slavery and the songs that slaves sang on their way to freedom. (Producer: Crystal Sarakas)
No Man Can Hinder Me: The Journey From Slavery to Emancipation Through Song by Velma Maia Thomas
‘Coded Spirituals’ | A full teacher resource gallery from PBS LearningMedia. Follow the Drinking Gourd | This book, song video, and Reading Rainbow episode offer kids.
Gun control is a hugely divisive issue in the U.S and upstate New York. But maybe there are other ways to make firearms safer.
The technology and tools we use everyday are getting smarter – think self-driving cars and appliances connected to the internet. Soon, personalized guns may be a way to prevent deaths.
There’s been a lot of talk about gun control already, and it seems agreement there is pretty far off. But maybe there are ways to make guns safer, without restricting them.
In partnerships across the country, mental health professionals and gun enthusiasts are trying to do something about suicide.
If you want to get your hunting license in New York, you have to take an in-person class. But some other states let you do it all online. It’s a trend hunting teachers in New York are hoping to stave off.
The Ithaca-based band Answer the Muse brings together a fusion of music, chant and yoga in their performances. The band members include Jai Hari Meyerhoff on vocals and percussion, Ceili Murphy on keyboard, whistle and back up vocals, Jonathan Meyerhoff on acoustic guitar and vocals, Curtis Kretz on drums and Joseph Rayle on bass. Jai Meyerhoff talked with Crystal Sarakas about the band and their music. Answer the Muse will perform on Saturday, October 15th at 7 p.m. at the Deposit Community Theatre in Deposit, NY.
The Slambovian Circus of Dreams returns Oxford this weekend. Frontman Joziah Longo talked with Crystal Sarakas about the band’s name, and what it’s like playing the same room for more than a decade. The concert takes place Saturday night at 7:30 at 6 on the Square in Oxford, NY.
Check out their performance from a few years back at WSKG, as part of the Expressions series! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBBT-_UhzoI
What happens to your brain on drugs?
Dr. Ruben Baler, health scientist with the National Institute on Drug Abuse, says it’s a learning process, and very difficult to unlearn. He spoke with WSKG’s Crystal Sarakas.
You probably heard about the supervised injection site Ithaca proposed last winter; a place where people could inject heroin more safely. Vancouver, British Columbia has had supervised injection since 2003, although it remains a political hot potato.
Therese Walsh is the author of The Moon Sisters, The Last Will of Moira Leahy, and the forthcoming Author In Progress. She’s also the co-founder of WRITER UNBOXED, a website focusing on the craft and business of writing fiction. She spoke with Crystal Sarakas about writing rituals, the relationship between writers and their readers, and who inspires her.
Photo by Rachel Burdick
Thanks to a little Broadway show, one of the most talked about founding fathers these days is Alexander Hamilton. The Fenimore Art Museum is helping encourage this interest in American history with a new exhibition, Hamilton’s Final Act, which displays the letters between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton that led to their final, fatal encounter. Chris Rossi, curator at the Fenimore, spoke with Crystal Sarakas about the exhibition. The exhibition is on display until December 31 at the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, NY.
Photo: John Turnbull, National Historical Archives
At the turn of the 20th century, Leopold Blaschka and his son, Rudolf, developed a successful business producing glass models of soft-bodied undersea creatures – marine invertebrates. Carefully crafted in their studio in Dresden, Germany, these models were shipped to universities and museums worldwide as study models. When Cornell University acquired its teaching collection in 1885, the Blaschka models could be purchased in North America from Ward’s Natural Science Establishment in Rochester, New York. By 1888, this father and son team offered 700 models that, according to Leopold Blaschka himself, were “universally acknowledged as being perfectly true to nature.”
Now, the exhibition Fragile Legacy presents the marine invertebrate models of Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka within the context of both marine life and glass conservation. The displayed glass objects tell the story of the history of the Blaschka family, the interest in marine life and dissemination of knowledge in 19th-century Europe, the techniques and methods of creating these beautiful glass models, and finally, the story of the objects themselves as an art form. Researchers at Cornell are using the collection as a time capsule for seeking out and documenting the creatures still living in our oceans today.
Summer Savoyards presents “H.M.S. Pinafore, or The Lass That Loved A Sailor” July 15-17 at the Anderson Center at Binghamton University. Crystal Sarakas talks with Jana Kucera, who plays Josephine, and Danel Vaglica, who plays Little Buttercup. Here’s a fun look back at the 2002 Summer Savoyards production of H.M.S. Pinafore. See if you can spot the WSKG folk who were part of the cast! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0-x_SiGlJA
Juliette Fay is the author of four novels, including the recently released novel The Tumbling Turner Sisters:
In 1919, the Turner sisters and their parents are barely scraping by. Their father is a low-paid boot-stitcher in Johnson City, New York, and the family is always one paycheck away from eviction. When their father’s hand is crushed and he can no longer work, their irrepressible mother decides that the vaudeville stage is their best—and only—chance for survival. With so much at stake, teenagers Gert, Winnie, and Kit, and recent widow Nell take to the road, and soon find a new kind of freedom in the company of performers who are as diverse as their acts. There is a seamier side to the business, however, and the young women face dangers and turns of fate they never could have anticipated.
Joshua Palmatier is the author of several fantasy novels, and the co-founder of the small press Zombies Need Brains. He’s also about to have a very busy summer, with several books being released over the next couple of weeks, and another Kickstarter happening in August to fund three new anthologies from his small press. Erenthrall is a city powered by the mystical ley lines that thread through the world. The ley is used to light the streets, heat homes, and power the transportation throughout the city and to the rest of the world beyond. Kara is a Wielder, someone who can manipulate the ley and repair the lines when necessary. Allan is a Dog, part of the brutal guard that keeps the ley under the strict control of the Baron and his Primes. Both of their lives will be forever changed when a terrorist group called the Kormanley begins to attack the ley lines in an attempt to break the Baron’s stranglehold on the ley and bring them back into their natural alignment. The first book in the series is Shattering the Ley. The second book, Threading the Needle, will be released on July 5.
Each year, a stretch of land just north of Windsor becomes something more than just your typical New York wilderness. The gates of faerie open up, and humans and the fey mingle for a weekend, celebrating music and art and fairy wings. The New York Faerie Festival is celebrating 8 years this weekend. Co-founder Billy Bardo spoke with Crystal Sarakas about the festival. The New York Faerie Festival opens to the world of faerie Friday through Sunday this weekend.
No Boundaries: Aboriginal Australian Contemporary Abstract Painting is an exhibit showcasing the work of nine Aboriginal artists from the remote northwest region of Australia. The paintings incorporate sacred and ceremonial objects, traditional symbols and themes with a modern interpretation. The exhibit opened this week at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum at Cornell. Andy Weislogel is a curator at the Johnson Museum and he joined Crystal Sarakas to talk about the exhibition. The nine artists whose work is part of the exhibition are Paddy Bedford, Janangoo Butcher Cherel, Tommy Mitchell, Ngarra, Boxer Milner Tjampitjin, Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri, Tjumpo Tjapanangka, Billy Joongoorra Thomas, and Prince of Wales (Midpul). The exhibition is on display through August 14 at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca.
Chris Merkley has performed over a thousand shows from the streets of Paris to venues through out Europe and across the United States. He has released nine albums with a variety of groups which include song writing duo Merkley & Morgan, acoustic American roots rock band The Crooners, and the swampy blues rock trio of Digger Jones. His new album is called Momentos. He spoke with Crystal Sarakas about the record, and about his ongoing bus project.
Paloma and Ibrahim meet at NYU in a graduate literature course. He is devoutly Muslim, she is nominally Catholic, and their immediate attraction comes as a surprise to them both–and presents serious problems for dealing with their families. When they make an impulsive decision to visit the ancient cities in Spain where the world’s great religions once coexisted in peace, it has life-changing consequences for everyone. Crystal Sarakas talks with Rachel Lampert about the performance. The performance of Paloma at the Kitchen Theatre is the East Coast premiere of the play. Performances are May 1-22. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7ZkbBsvD1g
Photo: Greg Cannon
Singer-songwriter Zarni de Wet was born in South Africa, grew up in Binghamton and is now a touring musician and singer-songwriter. She’s lived in Boston, Seattle, and Austin. She returns to the area on Saturday for a performance at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roX1lkdHvlQ
The Spring Writes Literary Festival takes place April 28-May 1 at locations throughout Ithaca. More than 90 writers will present panels, workshops, readings, and more. The event is free and open to the public. Highlights from the weekend include:
Reading and Workshop on Speculative Fiction, Poetry Open Mic, Literary Jeopardy
Beyond the Bechtel Test, Workshop: Comedy Writing, Reading: Jewish Noir
Discussion on Genre Publishing, Discussion on Developing Characters, Reading by Razi Rumi
Click here for the full schedule and festival details.
‘Haudenosaunee Culture: Sharing the River of Life’ is a series of presentations at the Waterman Center by speakers from the Onondaga, Mohawk and Cayuga Nations. Karen Kucharski is the project manager for the series and she joined Crystal Sarakas today to talk about the project. On Saturday, Karenlyne Hill of the Snipe Clan will talk about traditional and contemporary-style beadwork on Saturday, April 23rd at 2 p.m. Hickory Edwards of the Turtle Clan will talk about paddling and river journeys on Sunday, April 24th at 2 p.m. Both presentations are free and open to the public. For more information, visit watermancenter.org
Photo Credit: Karen Kucharski
Singer-songwriter and Chenango County native Matt Nakoa and his band returns to the area this weekend for two concerts. Matt talked with Crystal Sarakas about performing with legends like Patty Larkin and Tom Rush, and embracing his rock roots for this weekend’s shows. Matt Nakoa performs Friday, April 8th in Hawley, PA, then on Saturday in Norwich, NY. Visit his website for more information.
Ansel Adams’ black and white photographs captured the American West with a level of sharpness and detail that seems far advanced for his time. Now, a collection of his early works will be shown at the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown. Michelle Murdock, Director of Exhibitions at the Fenimore Art Museum, spoke with Crystal Sarakas about Ansel Adams and his legacy. Ansel Adams: Early Works opens April 1 at the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown. It will be on display until September 18.
Viggo Holm Madsen: A Life of Art: A Retrospective is the first comprehensive survey of the artist’s work shown together in one show, bringing together some 75 works, the majority made between the 1941 to 1991. The exhibition explores the critical if under-recognized place of Viggo Holm Madsen in the history of 20th-century art, and his extraordinary output across mediums that placed him at the center of international activity during the transformative decades of the 1940s through 1990s.Crystal Sarakas spoke with Kirk Madsen about his father’s work. Viggo Holm Madsen: A Life of Art: A Retrospective will be shown at The Phelps Museum, April 1 – 14, 2016 with an opening reception, Friday April 1st, 6 – 9pm. It is curated by Mr. Madsen’s widow, Lois Madsen and his son, Kirk Holm Madsen, both living in Binghamton.
On Fire! The Nancy and Alan Cameros Collection of Southwestern Pottery exhibition at the Rockwell Museum of Western Art in Corning is coming to a close. More than 100 pieces of southwestern pottery, primarily from the Pueblos, has been on display for the last two years. Crystal Sarakas talked with Kirsty Buchanan, Curator of Collections, about the exhibit. The exhibit closes on April 1.
Singer-songwriter Dana LaCroix hails from Canada but now makes her home here in Southern Tier. She’s playing for the first time in Binghamton this weekend at a benefit concert for VINES, and will perform on Sunday in Oneonta. David Restivo, an award-winning pianist from Canada, will join her. She talked with Crystal Sarakas about her musical upbringing and the role music plays in supporting community. Dana LaCroix and Dave Restivo will play Saturday night at 7 p.m. at the United Presbyterian Church in Binghamton, and on Sunday at 7 p.m. at the B-Side Ballroom and Supper Club in Oneonta.
‘for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf,’ Ntozake Shange’s collection of choreopoems, will be performed this weekend at the Know Theatre in downtown Binghamton. Director Amoreena Wade talks with Crystal Sarakas about the joy and darkness of the work, and about the experience of bringing together six women (plus Wade) to perform this work. Performances are March 4th and 5th at 7:30 p.m. There is a pay-what-you-can final dress rehearsal Thursday, March 3rd at 7:30.
Photo Credit: Connor Deacon
The work of 48 artists will be on display in the Member Show at the Windsor Whip Works exhibit. An opening reception takes place on February 27 at 6 p.m. and the exhibition will be on display through April 2nd. Bill Pesce, co-founder of the arts center, spoke with Crystal Sarakas about the upcoming show.
The book Barsk: The Elephant’s Graveyard is a science fiction space opera set in a far future where humanity is gone, but their successors live on in a race of civilized, sentient animals. The novel is an exploration of memory, emotion and identity, all within the story of a Fant named Jorl and truths that are revealed after centuries of being hidden. Lawrence Schoen spoke with Crystal Sarakas about writing about these anthropomorphic characters. Lawrence M. Schoen holds a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology, has been nominated for the Campbell, Hugo, and Nebula awards, is a world authority on the Klingon language, operates the small press Paper Golem, and is a practicing hypnotherapist specializing in authors’ issues. His previous science fiction writings includes many light and humorous adventures of a space-faring stage hypnotist and his alien animal companion.
Tish Pearlman, former Poet Laureate of Tompkins County, talks with Crystal Sarakas about the upcoming Lyric Visions II exhibit and poetry reading. Pearlman selected 16 poets to submit their work; then artists selected a poem and created a piece of art inspired by that poem. On Sunday, February 14, several of the poets whose work has been turned into visual art, will read and talk about the creative process. The poetry reading and dialogue takes place at 2 p.m. at the State of the Art Gallery in Ithaca.
Photo credit: “Seeking Peace” by Patty Porter; State of the Art Gallery
With the recently announced hiatus of the Americana group Red Molly, Abbie Gardner is heading out for a solo tour. She’ll perform for the first time at 6 on the Square in Oxford, NY, Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. She’ll be playing songs from her most recent CD, “Hope,” as well as new tunes she’s written since. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQS3cTm-E-8
In 1935, the Federal Art Project was established. It was part of President Roosevelt’s Work Progress Administration, and employed thousands of artists over the next decade to create art for public spaces in federal buildings. Four murals – by Ilya Bolotowsky, Albert Swinden, Joseph Rugolo, and Dane Chanase – were commissioned for the Hospital of Chronic Diseases on Welfare Island (later named Goldwater Memorial Hospital, Roosevelt Island). Goldwater Hospital was set to be demolished, to make way for a new building. But first, three of the murals were removed.
Devinne Meyers got her start on YouTube, where she posts videos that embrace a DIY approach while showcasing her incredible voice and talent. Her first album, Unrefined, was recorded in her apartment closet. She’s working on a new solo album, and working on an album with her band, East Coast Bigfoot. Devinne will be performing on Friday, January 8 at 9 p.m. at the Cyber Cafe West in Binghamton. You can also check out Devinne’s music online.
Horror writer Kevin Lucia talks about his latest works, the horror industry today, and about what scares him. (Hint – it’s not the monsters he writes about.) Lucia will read from his works Through A Mirror Darkly and Things Slip Through on Friday, October 30th at Barnes & Noble, Vestal, NY.
When Isobel turns sixteen years of age, she must choose what she’s going to do with her life. For her, that choice is to become the Devil’s own hand. Gabriel is just passing through Flood, but chooses to become Isobel’s mentor on her first journey on the road. Together, they toss a coin into the crossroads and set out to discover that the powers that are gathering are not just a threat to a green rider and her teacher, but to the entire territory the Devil rules. Laura Anne Gilman talks with Crystal Sarakas about Silver on the Road, her latest novel.
The local small press, Zombies Need Brains, was founded by author Joshua Palmatier. The small press is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to fund its next two anthologies. In this interview, Palmatier talks about the work behind running a successful campaign, and why he’s dedicated to offering unknown authors a chance to submit their work to the anthology. http://wskg.org/audio/PALMATIERFINAL.mp3
Actor Suzan Perry talks about her role in the comedy The Velocity of Autumn which opens this season of the Chenango River Theatre. It’s a two-person play about a son who arrives to take his elderly mother to a retirement home and finds her, not only resistant to the idea, but surrounded by Molotov cocktails, ready to blow up both of them and the house. The Velocity of Autumn runs through June 14th at the Chenango River Theatre, Greene, NY.
Ceramics artist Julia E. Dean talks with Bill Snyder about her life-long occupation of pottery and opening a new school where the general public can create their own pottery.
Director Keith Nichols and the actor playing Cocky, Micah Neiss, talk about Ti-Ahwaga Community Players production of the Anthony Newley/Leslie Bricusse musical The Roar of the Greasepaint, the Smell of the Crowd. It’s not a standard “book” musical, but an allegory played out on a game board. The musical takes a look at the differences between the upper and lower classes of British society in the 1960s. The show is filled with songs that have become standards, including “Who Can I Turn To?,” “Feeling Good,” and “The Joker.” https://youtu.be/pulEa0cfNcw
The show runs through June 14th at the Ti-Ahwaga Performing Arts Center, 42 Delphine St., Owego.
Composer Loren Loiacono talks about her new cello concerto on the program of the Cornell Chamber Orchestra’s concert this weekend. Composer Behzad Ranjbaran speaks with Crystal Sarakas about his work, Esther, to be premiered by the Binghamton Philharmonic. The Cider Mill Playhouse presents Sarah Ruhl’s Stage Kiss. We hear from director Emily Jackson.
Composer Santino DeAngelo talks about a cabaret concert of songs from his new musical. The Wild Ponies appear as part of the Cooperstown Concert Series. Cellist Hakan Tayga-Hromek joins with violinist Uli Speth and pianist Tomoko Kanamaru for a concert of music for piano trio.
Know Theatre presents Donald Margulies’ drama Time Stand Still. Ithaca College composer Dana Wilson premieres his new opera based on the story of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemmings, Wolf by the Ears.
Chris Brubeck’s Triple Play performs as part of the Oneonta Concert Association. The Brothers MacRae perform at Galaxy Brewing in Binghamton. The Cider Mill Playhouse presents the thriller Angel Street, the source of the film Gaslight.
Ti-Ahwaga Community Players present The Gin Game.
Oneonta author Deborah Blake talks about the new book in her Baba Yaga series. We hear an excerpt from Romancing Spain by Lamar Herrin read by David Romm at last November’s Ithaca Out Loud event. Entertainment Editor Chris Kocher gives us a look at what is coming up this weekend.
The Homecoming Players of Ithaca perform a prize-winning comedy from Canada. Singer-songwriter Jesse Terry performs at 6 On The Square in Oxford. Binghamton University Theater Department presents a modern take on Chekov’s The Seagull, but we can’t say the title on the air!
SUNY-Broome professors, mezzo Julia Grella O’Connell and pianist Pej Reitz perform songs about childhood. Nova Scotia natives Cassie and Maggie MacDonald perform at 6 on the Square. EPAC’s dance group, DANCE STORIES, presents “Shapes”. Entertainment Editor Chris Kocher tells us what else is coming up this weekend.
The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players bring their revue, A Little Twist, to Geneva. Bill Cowdery talks about romance and lawsuits in the early days of Cornell University set to music in the operetta Jennie’s Will. Binghamton University alumnus Marc Lawrence talks about his film The Rewrite, which has a screening at the Anderson Center this weekend, and about teaching Hugh Grant how to say “Binghamton.” https://youtu.be/WhEVfpHH9Vk